The bible states that when someone hears the gospel, and does not understand it, the evil one comes and steals what was planted in their heart. (Matthew 13:19) This tells me that not only reading the bible is important, but also understanding it is crucial to the survival of our soul. So what is the best bible for you? One you can understand! If you are reading a bible and you don’t understand it, get one you do understand! There are many different English translations out there, some aimed directly at teens!
Remember there is a difference between a translation and version. A translation is simply to get thoughts from one person to another over a language barrier. If you are reading a bible and don’t understand it, then it makes no difference if it is a King James, or an original Greek codex! Pay no attention to anyone who says that there is only ONE translation that is best. These people are pompous, educational snobs. Find a translation you understand and dive in! God does not want to be a mystery to you, so don’t let His word be a puzzling mess in your life!
Let me also encourage you on your journey to try multiple translations and resources. I have a bible that has four different translations side by side. This helps me get a better picture of what the original author was trying to get across. I also have a Greek bible and a Greek dictionary so I can go back to the original texts and make even more discoveries. I also use multiple commentaries. Commentaries are books written by scholars about the bible. Breaking each word and phrase down to its basics and explaining it through the eyes of the writer and putting it into a cultural context. These tools can help you grow in understanding of this amazing book called the Bible. If you are someone who feels like they know the bible, allow me to challenge you to check out different translations that may shake some of your beliefs and understandings of scripture.
I also want to warn you. The bible is not to be tampered with, or added to. If someone tries to tell you they have added new information to the bible, or have additions to the books we already have, do not listen to them, for they are either mislead by, or are in fact a demon. While this may seem harsh to some, to those of us who know the bible, it is absolute truth. Our scriptures state:
“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” -Proverbs 30:5-6
“Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” -Galatians 1:7-9
So if ANYONE tries to sell you on a new gospel, an addition to our current gospel, or a new rendition of our bible, you just say, “thank you, but the one I got is working just fine for me”, and run away; for that person either does not know these passages of scripture (making them a false prophet), or does know about them, and doesn’t care (making them a corruptor).
*The Old Testament was mainly written in Ancient Hebrew, while the New Testament was mainly written in Greek. Both of these languages take considerable knowledge to translate. To find that when these books are translated into our language and not only don’t contradict, but compliment each other shows the wisdom that was poured out to these authors.